As the recent Indonesian tsunami demonstrated, a powerful earthquake can propel tidal waves hundreds of miles into dry land. While tsunamis are rare, all states with coastlines are at potential risk.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY- FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency - a former independent agency that became part of the new Department of Homeland Security in March 2003 - is tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disasters.
- Know your tsunami terms?
- What to do before a tsunami?
- What to do during a tsunami?
- What to do after a tsunami?
The American Red Cross responds to disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires, or other situations that cause human suffering or create human needs that those affected cannot alleviate without assistance. It is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.